13th Contemporary Drama Festival Budapest

2-10 December 2016


The Contemporary Drama Festival will be held for the 13th time in December 2016, organised by SzínMűHely Foundation and Creatív Média Literary Agency. The aim of the Festival is to support contemporary drama, to make it more popular, but first of all to make the activities of the scene better known both by the Hungarian public and the international theatre professionals. One of the missions of the international festival initiated by civilians is to offer a Visitors’ Programme for foreign professionals. It is a Hungarian Theatre Showcase Programme which contains performances subtitled in English by traditional public theatre companies, independent, Budapest based or from the country side as well as of some from beyond the borders of the country. This program aims to be one of the most important facilitators in making Hungarian theatre better known internationally.

Young theatre-makers in the focus

The festival has always put great emphasis on presenting young professionals in the foreground but this year they will be the protagonists. According to the basic concept, the young generations will be given opportunities to present themselves in all of the programmes, in the showcase and the accompanying events as well. The main idea is to try and present an overall image of the multi-colored nature of the contemporary Hungarian theatre both in the conceptual and aesthetic sense. The professional jury (the members are: literary manager Ildikó Lőkös, playwright Ákos Németh, theatre critic and editor-in-chief of the theatre periodical Játszótér Anikó Varga, literary manager Bence Bíró, theatre critic and publicist of Index Bálint Kovács, theatre critic and editor of Revizor Panni Puskás) have made their selection of the most outstanding theatre performances of the 2015/16 season, paying special attention to new Hungarian plays and innovative theater aesthetics. One of the most important aspects of the selection has been to make sure that the performances reflect on the present in a progressive way.




The Champion (A bajnok) directed by Béla Pintér (Theatre Critics’ Award for Best New Hungarian Play 2016)

The Day of Fury (A harag napja) by Árpád Schilling

Your Kingdom (A te országod) Forte Company directed by Csaba Horváth

The Case (Az eset) a production of the Szigligeti Ede Theatre Oradea directed by Sardar Tagirovsky

The Short History of our Times (Az időnk rövid története) by Károly Hoffer (Theatre Critics’ Award for Best Children’s Performance 2016)

One Woman (Egyasszony) directed by Béla Paczolay (Theatre Critics’ Award for Best Actress 2016)

It's Not the Time of My Life (Ernelláék Farkaséknál) directed by Szabolcs Hajdu

Etiquette (Etikett) directed by Martin Boross (Junior Prima Award 2016)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Macska a forró bádogtetőn) directed by Sándor Zsótér (Theatre Critics’ Award for Best Supporting Actress 2016)

Saltflower (Sóvirág) by Tünet Együttes (Theatre Critics’ Award, Special Prize 2016)

Zeitstück (Cájstükk) (temporary title) a production by k2 Theatre directed by Bence Benkóand Péter Fábián (Junior Prima Award 2016) will have its international opening night during the festival.

Oxygen written by Ivan Vyrypaev, will be performed and premiered during the Festival as the Hungarian opening of the play, produced by the Contemporary Drama Festival Budapest and directed by Bálint Szilágyi, a final-year student of the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. The performance will open in Anker’t, one of the well-known ruin bars of Budapest.

This concert theatre production speaks about the problems of young people trying to find their values and identity with the straightforward expression of slam poetry. It investigates the questions whether there exist some moral rules (be they external or internal) according to which we live or could be able to live.

The main programme of the Festival is accompanied by a variety of events for both the professionals and the public. There will be a series of staged readings that will introduce the Hungarian audience to some of the emerging playwrights from Europe and their most successful plays, and the “What’s new, Hungarian dramaturgy?” will also continue offering a whole day show of new Hungarian plays.

The Contemporary Drama Festival this year provides an opportunity for the new generation under 35 and the less well known playwrights to introduce themselves with the cooperation of the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. The Festival Club, which was very popular in 2014, will open again. Aurora public cultural space will be the center of the off CDF festival, where the future theatre generations can meet and introduce themselves. With a rich programme of concerts, Q&A’s, panels, workshops, and theatre Aurora will also offer a chance for conversations and great parties.



The programme may be subject to changes.

More information coming soon. We’ll be present.

Kortárs Drámafesztivál // Contemporary Drama Festival Budapest

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